Unlike human medicine anesthesia is used for multiple purposes other than surgery. Anesthesia is a common tool used to gain diagnostic information safely and accurately for procedures such as radio-graphs, biopsies, orthopedic and behavioural examinations. Pet owners often find themselves concerned with procedures involving anesthesia. We take recommend taking all precautions when using anesthesia to help minimize risks and reduce owners concerns.
Pre Anesthetic Blood Work is strongly recommended for all patients. This helps us to determine the function of the kidneys and liver while monitoring ranges of blood glucose levels, red and white blood cell count. A more extensive blood profile is recommended for animals in their senior years.
Another pre-anesthetic safety measure we recommend at Pine Valley Animal Hospital is an electrocardiograph (ECG). Every heart beat produces an electrical impulse. An ECG measures this electrical activity over a period of time. An abnormal heart will produce different electric signals than a normal heart. The ECG can identify conditions that affect the heart’s ability to pump the required amount of blood throughout the body systems, such as the kidneys, the liver, and the brain.
The procedure is completely non-invasive: we get the information by attaching electrodes to 3 points on your pet's skin. For the average pet no sedation is required.The ECG is generally accepted as a highly valuable diagnostic tool that can identify several disorders that range from minor to life threatening. Specifically for your pet, who is scheduled to undergo general anesthesia, the ECG can rule out hidden heart disease prior to a surgical procedure.